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of republican obstructionists who worked hard to shut down the government, folks with the national deficit dropping at its fastest rate in 60 years? it is time to stop the obsession with deficits and start an obsession about middle-class job creation. >> well, governor granholm, i'm going to give the president credit for these numbers -- >> stop the presses -- >> but this nation is still woefully unemployed. he has to take credit for that, too. i know his numbers could not have come at a better time for an administration that's had a rough couple months. in the crossfire tonight, a pair of economic experts, david madlin director of the american worker project for the center of political progress. >> and david, let me start with you. even though this morning's jobs numbers sound really good. a lot of people are just giving up and stopping looking for jobs. they're going on disability. the dependency on government has absolutely ballooned until this quote/unquote recovery. i think folks in your camp want more dependence on government, yes? >> no, we want jobs. >> but how dots there? >> in fa
the deficit. those are precisely the things that he accomplished, so i'm pleased to know you agree. >> the difference quite simply is after five years, he still has not learned how to reach across the aisle. he was willing to sit down -- >> i've said this before, and i guess this is a tribute to you. you were a different kind of speaker. you were able to bring your caucus along, and get things done. >>> congressman, i'm sure you have a lot to respond to. >> yes, i do. very specific question. u ubs. >> do you great deal that inequality is a problem? >> yes, it's getting worse. you would think they weren't in power. the fact is the democrats have the house and senate. they did a $787 billion stimulus plan, the cash for clunkers, all these things that didn't grow the economy. they exacerbated the problem. we have literally more than 66,000 federal workers on the federal payroll. the deficit has just exploded. the pope actually blamed income and equality, and rush limbaugh quickly denounced the pope saying, quote, this is just pure marxism out of the mouth of the pope. who is right? >>
raising taxes. >> yes. from a serious deficit to a positive balance of more than a billion in three years. >> so should that be an explicit goal of both parties in washington, d.c., to get back to a balanced budget? >> yes, to a degree. i'll refer back to defense, for example. at the federal government level, we need to balance our priorities. now, whether the budget in any given year is balanced in the sense that both governor pawlenty and i have to do it at the state level is another matter for discussion. what we -- in balancing priorities, then we have to balance what our expenditures are in terms of what is the return from investment. so an absolute commitment to a balanced budget in accountancy terms may not be in the interests of the united states at a given balance expenditures against revenues and then be reasonable about what we are willing to invest in terms of getting revenues, just to be against taxes per se means to be against our own national interest. >> speaking of balance, we did have a guy who ran for office saying he would take a balanced approach if president obama wo
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